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Speeding trucker faces questions over Alberton accident

Police have taken a truck driver in for questioning after witnesses claim he was speeding before causing a massive accident on the N12 Highway, near Alberton that left two people dead on the scene.

Gauteng Traffic Police spokesman Obed Sibasa said witnesses said the truck with a trailer was  allegedly travelling at 120 kilometres an hour when its brakes failed and slammed into a number of cars on N12 East near the Voortrekker road off-ramp, in Alberton.

“If it is true and he was travelling at 120 kilometres an hour then we will charge him with reckless driving as a vehicle of that size is only allowed to travel at 80 kilometres an hour,” Sibasa said, adding that the driver was travelling from Potchefstroom to Germiston.

The accident happened during rush hour traffic and involved 52 vehicles.

“Two people were declared dead at the scene, and three are critically injured,” said William Ntladi spokesman for Ekurhuleni Emergency Management Services.

A further six were serious but in a stable condition, he added.

Helicopters had to land on the highway and airlift two patients to hospital. EMS personnel also had to use the jaws of life to recover a patient and one of the deceased.

By mid morning debris still lay strewn across the highway, which remained closed from the Comaro road offramp to Voortrekker road.

Ntladi said that this was one worst accident scene he had attended, in his 26-year career.


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